Road to the Final Four
by Judge Michael Wachs
Severn School’s Mock Trial Team will hit the 'Road to the Final Four' later this month on April 23 and 24.
Making its way into the Sweet Sixteen with a win against Howard County Champion Centennial High School early last week, and then advancing to the Elite Eight with a win over last year's State Champion, and arch-rival, Severna Park High School later in the week, Severn School advanced to the Towson
Regional for its Elite Eight match against St. Mary's Ryken High School.
The Elite Eight match up took place last night in a 'sold out'
court room in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Severn defeated
the St. Mary's Ryken team by a score of 54-46.
Approximately 150 mock trial teams participated in the
state-wide competition this year. With last night's win, Severn
advances to the state-wide semi-finals for the second time in the past
three years. Severn's overall record during that three year span is a
remarkable 35 wins against 3 losses, including the 2007 State
Championship, an undefeated 2008 County Championship, and the 2009
This year's student lawyers are Evalyse Limon '09, Kate Williams '09, Max Schechter '10, Caroline Nyce '09, Noah Pyles '09, and Kelsey Wooddell '10. The student witnesses are Casey Cronin '09, Olivia League '09. Robert Hoehn-Saric '10, Catherine Darden '11, Shannon Kiddoo '09, Cody Moran '11, Natalie Peelish '12 (aka freshman #1), and Reilly Dunn '12 (aka freshman #2).
The team has been incredibly dedicated, and has put forth
extraordinary effort since the season began this past November. In
order to advance to this point in the competition, the team members
have practiced nearly every weekend since mid-November, and many
evenings. Among other things, they have had to master trial tactics,
rules of evidence, public speaking skills, and acting skills, all while
working in an adversarial setting.
This has truly been a team effort, as every member of the team
has contributed significantly to the team's success during the course
of the season. The team will take a short break from practicing before
commencing preparations for the Final Four.
At the conclusion of last night's competition, attorney coach
Judge Michael Wachs and teacher coach Susan Jackson proudly told the
team that they have had them advancing to the Final Four all along,
while showing the team their completed Mock Trial March Madness
If you happen to run in to any of the team members, please feel free to congratulate them on a job well done.